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THE GIANT BEHEMOTH - 2 Slimes
Not Rated
Copyright 1959 Allied Artists Pictures Corp.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Steve - Young scientist who first discovers the Behemoth.
  • Professor Bickford - Old and gnarly English scientist.
  • Tom - Old fisherman, he is fried by the Behemoth.
  • Jean - Blonde, um, Tom's daughter, and...
  • The Giant Behemoth - Radioactive and electric Brachiosaurus.

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The Plot: 

Old black and white horror movies are a gold mine for b-movie lovers. The English score big in my book with this movie about a electric and radioactive dinosaur attacking London. While the stop motion looks okay it's the acting and other effects which hurt me so. When the monster is "projecting" radiation by using it's electric current (make a physics project out of this and see if you pass) we get this strange foggy pinwheel effect since um, radiation changes the dew point and um, it sucks air toward the source... ...ugh. We unfortunately spend about half the film slogging through the actors investigating strange happenings like radioactive fish and missing ships and they probably didn't succeed as actors. The scientists finally conclude that exposing the beast to a lethal dose of radiation will kill it and the injection should be done with a torpedo! Tread carefully near this movie everyone, it's a monster.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Giant Behemoths make beeping computer sounds.
  • Jellyfish stings or kelp abrasions combined with an allergic reaction can look like third degree burns.
  • Loosely wrapped Ace Bandages must be cut off.
  • Jet aircraft make propeller sounds.
  • Radiation, mysterious as ever, will burn people to a crisp but leave hay untouched.
  • Dinosaurs swim, project electricity, and are radioactive.
  • Radar can see everything, above or below water - except a giant radioactive dinosaur.
  • Flares on the water's surface make good effects for torpedo hits on submarine Behemoths.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Now that is a darn ugly fish you've caught Tom.
  • 8 mins - Yes idiot, grab the pulsing, glowing blob-thing.
  • 18 mins - Okay, you meet these two guys who are looking for something strange and don't show them what a pulsing, glowing blob-thing did to your hand?
  • 21 mins - Arrgghhh mateys! He has barnacles on his hand!
  • 39 mins - What? Electricity projects radiation?
  • 49 mins - Why did the car scream when stepped on and how many more times will we see that shot?
  • 63 mins - How were they expecting to fire this torpedo at it? It's directly in from of them, beating up the sub and they can't see it.

Quotes: 

  • Military Officer: "Everything about this affair is unbelievable."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note behemoth1.wav Dr. Bickford: "What would you say was the cause of the burns?"
Town Doctor: "Some sort of poisoning I would say."
Dr. Bickford: "Not an acid?"
Town Doctor: "It was like no acid I ever treated, but from time to time a jellyfish or a kelp could cause that sort of thing, combined with perhaps a very strong allergic reaction."
Green Music Note behemoth2.wav Dr. Bickford: "Karnes has been developing this, what should I call it, Behemoth theory for some time Admiral. As to the radioactivity of the thing there can be no doubt."
Green Music Note behemoth3.wav Steve: "This beast isn't only electric it's intensely radioactive!"
Green Music Note behemoth4.wav The Behemoth roaring.

 Click for a larger imageIMAGESScenes from the movie 

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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

Video Clipbehemoth1.mpg - 2.7m
Trapped in a looping section of stop motion, the Behemoth reacted as any caged clay model would - by causing terrible burns to the poor extras sharing this scene.

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Comments:Write CommentPages: 1 ... 4 5 [6]
Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #41. Posted on November 03, 2015, 04:38:37 PM by rmaset
NYC Million Dollar Movie here too. So scarey it hurt, for me as a kid of about 7, and a core memory (a la Inside Out) for me now. "PB7 PB7 report to me PB7.")

I saw it again as an adult, and was surprised to find that it was actually pretty good.
Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #42. Posted on March 18, 2016, 03:35:31 PM by alandhopewell
     I'm not sure how many times Ghoulardi showed this movie, but I watched it every time; it was cool, and scary, particularly if you're seven or eight when you see it. The crispy-crittering of the people and the doll floating on the water after the ferry attack
really got to me. I still love this film, not just for nostalgia's sake, but on its own merits, same for THE BLACK SCORPION.

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Re: The Giant Behemoth
Reply #43. Posted on May 09, 2016, 09:20:06 AM by Barracuda54
Hey guys, believe it or not, this was one of my favorite movies as a kid and I still watch it today as an adult....[/b]BUT:
One important point was left out of:
[/b]THINGS I LEARNED FROM THIS MOVIE:
You can't handle radioactive fish with your bare hands, as Gene Evans did in the lab and:
You need to use soap when you wash your hands when you're done with said radioactive fish.

I think that's the only thing he missed....other than that, it's really not that bad of a movie.
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